Jays' Lind, Rajai Davis have sneaky value 

April, 3, 2013
The Toronto Blue Jays were able to make major additions to their ball club this winter, getting Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey and others, and expectations are high. In fact, seven Blue Jays hitters and four pitchers are owned in more than half of ESPN's standard mixed leagues. Of course, when I went searching for Blue Jays to talk to in the Citizens Bank Park clubhouse after Friday night's spring training win over the Philadelphia Phillies, I was focusing on a few barely owned Blue Jays who used to matter quite a bit in fantasy but for the time being appear to be sharing the designated hitter role.

Adam Lind went hitless in four at-bats from the No. 5 lineup spot in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile, on the bench and perhaps waiting for Lind to get on base so he could be summoned for pinch-running duty was speedster Rajai Davis. These guys, one an enticing power hitter and the other a major base stealer, are owned in a combined total of 7 percent of ESPN leagues, but it sure sounds like each player intends to be more relevant than that in 2013, and fantasy owners should be watching.

"I feel good," said Lind, who hit .305 and smacked 35 home runs in 2009 but hasn't been as valuable since. "To be honest, my role is yet to be determined. I'd like to stay in the big leagues, but it's my last year here, nothing is guaranteed. The last two years, I have had two good half-years. I'd like to try to get at least five months this year."